The five Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) that received a total grant of fifty thousand Ghana cedis under the ANAM WASH Initiative to undertake advocacy work in the Asutifi North District have completed the first phase one of their respective assignments with exciting achievements. These CSOs include SUDEF Ghana, GADeF International, and Phanuel Global Health Foundation. The rest are Firm Foundation and the Universal Rehabilitation Center.
During the project's first phase, some of the CSOs campaigned on hand hygiene in schools, the impact of illegal mining on water resources, and the concept of pay-as-you-fetch in communities. Other CSOs identified "ambassadors" who will serve as advocates for WASH. Some of the CSO's also organized "co-creation workshops" with stakeholders in the district to discuss the concept and features for an ANAM WASH App, which they intend to develop.
The activities reported by the CSOs will complement the efforts of other ANAM WASH partners in ensuring that citizens of the district understand their roles and responsibilities and support the implementation of the district-wide full WASH coverage initiative. Having completed the first phase of the Small Grants project activities, IRC Ghana has transferred the second tranche of funds to the CSOs to facilitate the implementation of the second phase of their planned activities.